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Choosing your toothbrush

There is a huge selection of toothbrushes available, both manual and electric. It’s a good idea to choose one that:

  • has a small head so it’s easier to move around inside your mouth

  • has soft bristles

  • fits comfortably in your hand

It’s also important to take care of your toothbrush. Rule number one: Do not share your toothbrush or use someone else’s toothbrush!

Using your own toothbrush prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses. Bristles can cause minor scraping to your gums. This could allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream.

Other tips to keep in mind:

  • After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with water and allow it to air-dry. Do not store in a closed container

  • Store your toothbrush standing upright. If it’s near other toothbrushes, do not let the heads touch.

  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles look worn and bent, whichever comes first.

  • You should also use a new toothbrush after a cold or illness. Germs can stay on toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection.

Dr. Annabel Braganza Peterborough Periodontist Periodontists in Peterborough 1119 Clonsilla Avenue, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5Y6, CANADA 705-741-1885 Peterborough Periodontists, Lindsay Periodontal Offices, Periodontist Near Me,


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